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Penn State Wins Men's NCAA Team Title
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Penn State earned a come-from-behind victory in the last rotation at the Men's NCAA Championships, held Friday night in University Park, Pa. The home team earned its 12th team title, an NCAA record in men's gymnastics.
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Coached by Randy Jepson, Penn State finished the meet with a 38.45 team score on rings, and ended up 0.800 ahead of five-rotation leader Oklahoma.

Oklahoma, coached by Mark Williams, finished its night on vault with a 36.10 team score. Although this was the highest team total of the night on vault, it dropped the Sooners to second place. Oklahoma won the team title in 2005 and 2006.

Penn State, the 2004 team champion, placed fourth in 2005 and 2006.

Members of the winning team were Shaun Antonio, Nissen-Emery Award winner Matt Cohen, Allen Harris, Derek Helsby, Vladi Klurman, Santiago Lopez, Tommy Ramos, Casey Sandy, Noam Shaham and Nick Virbitsky.

Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons and Jonathan Horton led OU, sharing the team's high score of the night (9.70) on rings.

In the all-around, Abdullah-Simmons placed first over Illinois' Wesley Haagensen and Horton, who tied for second. Last year, Horton won the title, Haagensen was fourth and Abdullah-Simmons was sixth.

The competition concludes Saturday with the individual event finals. Live scoring will be available on the Penn State Web site.

2007 Men's NCAA Gymnastics Championships
April 13, 2007, University Park, Pa.

Team Final
1. Penn State University 221.00
2. University of Oklahoma 220.20
3. Stanford University 218.45
4. University of Michigan 218.40
5. University of Illinois 217.30
6. University of Minnesota 217.15

1. Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (Oklahoma) 55.75
2t. Jonathan Horton (Oklahoma) 55.00
2t. Wesley Haagensen (Illinois) 55.00
4t. David Sender (Stanford) 54.00
4t. Justin Laury (Michigan) 54.00
6. Jacob Lee (Minnesoa) 53.20
7. Stephen Tetrault (Nebraska) 52.05
8. Andre Berry (Minnesota) 51.85
9. Jason Wassung (Nebraska) 51.75
10. Kyson Bunthuwong (California) 51.65
11. Tim Morrison (Illinois-Chicago) 51.30
12. Jonathan Buese (Iowa) 48.80

Read coverage of the 2007 Men's NCAA Championships in the May issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features

2007 NCAA Preview (January/February 2007)
2006 Men's NCAA Championships coverage, Jonathan Horton on cover (May 2006)
2005 Men's NCAA Championships coverage (May 2005)
2004 Men's NCAA Championships coverage (May 2004)

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